Researchers at security software maker Exploit Prevention Labs have uncovered evidence that malware distributors are using Google AdWords to infect computers.
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What has been described as a “giant mystery virus” has been discovered in a largely desolate region of Siberia. The virus is thought to have been buried in Siberian permafrost untouched for over 30,000 years. The term “giant virus” is used to describe those ancient viruses that are as large as bacteria and also much much larger than the viruses …
The U.K.‘s Health Protection Agency (HPA) this week confirmed that a patient receiving intensive care treatment at a Manchester hospital has been diagnosed with a new type of coronavirus. The patient, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is the second confirmed U.K. resident to be diagnosed with the virus. Worldwide, 10 confirmed cases of the virus …
New research into the evolution of viruses could change the way humans control infectious diseases such as the yearly flu. The new study, published this week in the journal Current Biology, reports that researchers were able to successfully manipulate a virus to evolve the ability to change behavior according to the number of other viruses present in a host. The …
Two weeks ago it was announced that an outbreak of a rare disease had been linked to a campsite at Yosemite National Park. At the time, one man had died and a woman was gravely ill from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a deadly virus spread by rodents. The park suggested that people seek out medical treatment if they developed any symptoms, …
It seems like there’s a report of some new kind of malware hitting PCs and Mac every day now. Hackers are getting smarter and security companies are playing catch up. Even then, the regular computer user doesn’t seem to care. The latest statistics from McAfee may just start making you care. McAfee recently published its quarterly Threats Report and things …
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, at least 4 million computers in over 100 different countries fell victim to a giant fraud scheme that involved a sophisticated virus that manipulated search results and used online ads to generate fraudulent revenue for the virus’ creators. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called it a “massive and sophisticated scheme.” The fraud was …
BPM Forum and AVG Technologies released some interesting findings from the Protect the Press Poll, a survey of the cyber security habits of the working press. The biggest takeaway is that the supposedly well-informed members of the press are no better at protecting themselves online than the average user.
Gotta hand it to the Web bandits. Buying AdWords is a brazen new realm for them. A paid link leading to a dangerous malware-laden download targeted President-Elect Obama’s sweeping victory.
The ad, which according to the screenshot at security company Sophos blog achieved top placement for the keyword phrase “Obama win,” clicked out to a “rogue” site and a download prompt for an installer that is “100% checked by Antivirus.”
Internet users are becoming increasingly concerned about online threats such as viruses, spam and identity theft, according to survey by the American Consumer Institute.
Consumers also report significant worry that their privacy might be invaded by programs that track and record which Internet sites they visit.
The majority (74%) of those surveyed said they were "very concerned," about identity theft, compared to 68 percent who indicated great worry about identity theft in a similar ACI survey from 2006.
The problem of spam continues to be a major annoyance for many. Over the past two years the amount of spam has increased. According to Postini, a communications security firm they blocked more than 25 million spam messages in December. This was a 144 percent increase from December 2005 to December 2006.
RFID tags may become commonplace in the future, but not a lot of people are looking forward to widespread implementation. There was already concern that these “smart barcodes” would allow consumers’ habits to be more easily tracked, and that the technology could facilitate identity theft. It turns out that RFID tags can transmit computer viruses, as well.
Never before with Instant Messaging (IM) has a more vital warning been needed for current and potential IM buddies who chat online.
The AOL and NCSA Online Safety Study – conducted by technical experts in the homes of 329 typical dial-up and broadband computer users – found that most computer users think they are safe but lack basic protections against viruses, spyware, hackers, and other online threats.
Viruses are becoming more and more prevalent everyday (as if you didn’t already know that…). This being the case, I decided to compile a list of the most common viruses according to SARC (see below), along with links on detection and removal procedures for each. It seemed that having this information in one place could be very helpful for those of you that have to deal with these viruses.
One of the most popular pages on about-the-web.com is about avoiding scams, hoaxes and urban legends on the Internet (http://about-the-web.com/shtml/scams.shtml). Here are a few ways to avoid some of the perils associated with being connected to the rest of the world.